My research and teaching focuses on urban land use change, comprehensive planning and housing. The majority of my research in land use seeks to understand the causes and consequences of land use change and to evaluate planning, governance, and institutional processes to manage and shape spatial patterns. More recently, I have focused research on understanding housing as a land use issue, asking questions of exclusion and affordability.
"My interests include land use policy, landscape change, and the land planning and development process. My research in Wisconsin has examined the conversion of prime farmland to residential development, the land use impacts of local onsite sewage disposal system policies, and the effects of the built environment on children's health and well-being. I currently teach courses on urban design, site planning, and open space systems."